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The Correct Way to Put a Greeting Card in an Envelope

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There's a right way to put a greeting card in its envelope? Who knew?

There's a right way to put a greeting card in its envelope? Who knew?

Which Way Should You Put a Card in Its Envelope?

Do you know the proper way to put a greeting card in an envelope? Some might think that is a silly question to ask. For us detail-oriented folks, however, it is a very valid question. After all, you might have spent a considerable amount of time picking out just the right card for someone for a special occasion. You may have spent even more time composing the perfect message inside the card. After all that effort, shouldn't you see the process through to its conclusion by putting the card in the envelope the right way so that the pretty side with the picture is facing the recipient when they open the envelope?

Many of us put a card in an envelope whichever way it happens to be oriented in our hands, but according to greeting card etiquette, there is a right way and a wrong way to put a card in its envelope. The right and wrong ways to put a card in an envelope are covered in detail below.

The Wrong Way to Put a Card in an Envelope

Now that you know that there's a proper way to put a card in an envelope, you might be wondering what the wrong way is. The not-so-proper way to put a card in its envelope is to align the back of the card with the back of the envelope. Doing this results in the back of the card facing the recipient when they first open the envelope. When this is the case, the first things the recipient sees are the barcode and copyright information on the card's backside. That's not a very festive experience!

The Right Way to Put a Card in an Envelope

To put a folded greeting card into an envelope properly, hold the card with its front side facing up and simply slide it in so that the card's fold is at the bottom of the envelope. This will prevent anything inside the card (like business cards, money, or gift cards) from falling out into the envelope while you slide it in. More importantly, this will ensure that the front of the card is aligned with the back of the envelope so that when the recipient opens it, they will immediately be greeted by the beautiful image and cheery text on the card's front exterior face. The recipient should be able to see the good stuff and begin smiling as soon as the envelope is opened.

Why Put a Card in Its Envelope Properly?

  • Doing so ensures that the images and text on the front face of the card are the first things the recipient sees as soon as they open the envelope. After enjoying the card's design, they can then open it to read your personalized message and examine the card's other contents.
  • Putting a card in an envelope with the folded side down ensures that the card will not be sliced in two if the recipient uses a letter opener to separate the top of the envelope.
Example one: Is this the right way to put a folded greeting card in its envelope?

Example one: Is this the right way to put a folded greeting card in its envelope?

Look at the Card and Envelope Above

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Has the card been placed correctly in the envelope above?
    • Yes
    • No

Answer Key

  1. No
Example two: Is this the right way to put a folded greeting card in its envelope?

Example two: Is this the right way to put a folded greeting card in its envelope?

Look at the Card and Envelope Above

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Has the card been placed correctly in the envelope above?
    • Yes
    • No

Answer Key

  1. Yes

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Comments

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on December 11, 2018:

Emma 2, thank for letting me know the article helped you.

Emma on December 11, 2018:

This was helpful. Thank you!

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on October 27, 2018:

Sharron, there is no rule about that. It is entirely up to you. I would seal it so the person would have the pleasure of opening it.

Sharron O'Brien on October 27, 2018:

my question was...If I am giving my friend a card, face-to-face, should I seal it?

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